Is BPD always Caused By Trauma?
Updated: Feb 2, 2022
People with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) mostly report a history of abuse, parental separation, neglect, or other childhood trauma. But some individuals don't have any traumatic history, but they do suffer from BPD. It can cause some confusion within the individual since they wonder what the root is of their disorder. Although the exact causes of BPD development are uncertain, research has shown that genetics and brain development have a role.
Some people with BPD feel as if that nothing happened that caused the development of their disorder. It could be the case that nothing ever happened, but it could also be, for example, that the individual never realized that the relationship with their parents was unhealthy. For this reason, I highly recommend seeing a mental health professional or attending therapy.
After therapy, most people with BPD can identify what events or trauma developed their disorder. When one cannot figure out what the underlying trauma is, then it may be that genetic factors and brain activity are the only causes for the disorder.
It is known that Borderline personality disorder(BPD) runs in families, which means there must be a genetic explanation. If one of your parents has BPD, there is a good chance that you will develop it yourself. Aside from the fact that the child mimics their parents' behavior and therefore may acquire BPD, genetics may also play a role.
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that play a vital role in communication within the human body. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that modulates various psychological processes, has different roles in the functioning of a person, such as stabilizing mood regulation. People with BPD have low serotonin levels, which can lead to feelings of sadness, anger, and depression. In some people, the serotonin level is naturally lower because it is genetically determined. Long-term stress can also affect serotonin levels.
Medications are often prescribed to increase serotonin levels for someone suffering from this disorder.
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